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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hope and Gratitude in 2015

For me, 2015 has been a good year, but parts of it are concerning. I'll start with that. Two people who are close to me are fighting cancer. I pray for B. and L. and hope so very much that their fights will be successful. I am very concerned for both of them. I can't even imagine the way it's shadowed their years, and my heart goes out to them.

I have much to be thankful for. I have been doing well mentally, and physically, I'm on the way to getting back in shape now that I have a new endocrinologist and my hypothyroidism seems to be under more control. I have a wonderful family and friends and feel very blessed. I hope those I love who are healthy and happy continue to be so, and those who are struggling find help, healing, and all the love they need.

As far as writing goes, I was the Featured Author in The Round Up Writer's Zine in the spring of
2015. This year also saw the publication of three of my short stories and three of my essays, all about mental illness. I am especially proud to have my essay "Jenga" in the book Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, edited by Ginny Levy and Matthew Bohn, and published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. An essay that you can read if you choose to is "Pity Party" in Amygdala Literary Magazine.

To continue with good news about writing, I'm now working on chapter 13 of my novel Hoping It Might Be So. It's going really well and I'm so glad. I'm still sending out my novel Purple Loosestrife and hope that I might get some good news about its future... maybe 2016 will be its year.

Something I'm grateful for is my growth as an advocate for mental illness. This year, I've had a number of friends who are dealing with mental illness (in either themselves or someone close to them) come to me with questions and concerns and just the desire for understanding and support. I feel so good about this and I'm so happy to help. I would like to do more as far as advocacy goes. This is one of my goals for the coming year. I'm not sure what I'll do or how I'll do it, but I intend to find out.

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